We’ve all heard of the risks of driving drunk and it’s something we would never think of doing because the risks are obvious but did you know walking while drunk can be just as bad.

According to data obtained by RACQ from the Queensland Police, 63 pedestrians who were alcohol impaired were killed in crashes between 2012 and 2017.

Steve Spalding, the RACQ’s Head of Technical and Safety Policy said walking home after drinking isn’t always the best idea.

He said in a 5 year period, 160 pedestrians were run over and killed by cars. One third of those pedestrians had alcohol in their systems.

Unfortunately many people think walking instead of driving after drinking is safer, but it is actually still dangerous.

Mr Spalding said alcohol can affect a person’s judgement, balance and coordination and these effects are worsened with a higher blood alcohol content.

In other words the more alcohol in the system, the higher a person’s risk of being involved in a crash even if they’re walking.

Always ensure you have a safe way of getting home at the end of the night or rather not go out at all.

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